The Science of Happiness: Stress and Anxiety No More

The Science of Happiness: Stress and Anxiety No More

The Science of Happiness was an event organised by the Nottingham Buddhist Society on 16 November 2017 to raise mental health awareness and enable people to have a clearer understanding of their own mental well-beings and enhance them. Participants of this event also had the opportunity to learn how to support other people with mental health issues, specifically in relation to depression and anxiety disorder. The eventful night first started off with an outstanding short sketch performed by the drama team. The sketch performed effectively outline the effect of anxiety and depression, emphasising their effect on the individual level. It could be seen that the sketch spoke directly to the hearts of many students who attended the events, who are no strangers to work-related stress themselves. The first main speaker, Sis. K. C. Chiang, a practicing clinical psychologist, was promptly introduced. Whilst exuding an aura of professional warmth, she cheerfully shared useful information about depression and anxiety disorder with the audience. She emphasised greatly upon the fact that depression is an actual illness; that depression is not just an emotion which negatively affects one’s body when not dealt with properly. Her speech was both intriguing and enlightening, especially the part where she explained how most people are unable to differentiate between anxiety and anxiety disorder. Not only did Sis. Chiang generously share about ways to tell the crucial differences between phenomena and disorder, she was also more than willing to impart knowledge about dealing with individuals suffering from anxiety disorders! The next presenter, Bro. Aggaphala Yap, a certified counsellor also worked well in engaging the audience with his informative session...
Nation’s Cup 2017: End of Another Chapter in SA History

Nation’s Cup 2017: End of Another Chapter in SA History

    As we all know and are tired of hearing, all good things must come to an end. Nations Cup spanned a glorious 3 weeks of sweat, tears, blood and pain and at the end of it all we all look back with fond smiles and laughter. New friends were made, new cultures were explored, new sports were tried out and for an unfortunate number of us, new crutches were bought. Mohannad (Dinho) began the Nations Cup closing ceremony bringing these sentiments to mind and echoed the theme of Nations Cup 2017; Friendship through Sport! He also took a moment to wish a speedy recovery to all the heroes of Nations Cup who were injured. He then took a few longer moments of silence to recall the rest of his speech. The individual awards were distributed for the best male and female players of each sport.      During a short break from the award distribution the NDC performed a medley of dances of varied genres that had the audience screaming for their favourite performers. However, the club that elicited shocked gasps from the crowd was our cheerleading team, The Beast with their stunts that all but defied gravity. They had the audience perched on the edge of their seats expecting disaster and earned the loudest applause of the night with their wonderful execution,  despite a few near saves. Omar, the SA Sports Officer and man behind Nations Cup 2017, then gave a short but heartfelt speech on the sentiments behind Nations Cup; to do the best you can and make the presence of your nation felt at...
UNMC Nation’s Cup 2017 Kicks Off to a Wild Start

UNMC Nation’s Cup 2017 Kicks Off to a Wild Start

  Ladies and gentlemen, the UNMC Nation’s Cup is up for grabs once again! The three week-long event kicked off its opening ceremony last night in a flamboyant manner promising of great things to come. This event aims to provide a platform for our talented athletes to pitch their sporting skills to the test against one another and to make their nations proud by winning medals. Most importantly, this event celebrates the very ethnic diversity and unity that the people in University of Nottingham Malaysia take pride in. Contrary to the norm, the first part of the opening ceremony this year was held indoors due to the torrential thunder storm that led many to worry that the event would be called off! However, true to the Nottingham spirit, nothing could put a damper on the morale of the student body and the indoor courts were filled to the brim with representatives and players from 20 different countries. This includes the “Rest of the World”, where people from countries with too few representatives can band together to participate as a team in Nation’s Cup. Keeping with the traditions of previous years,the ceremony began with a heart thumping 24 festive drums performance by the Chinese Cultural Society, followed by this year’s SA Sports Officer, Omar El Shweekh’s short introductory speech. The most iconic performance that night was the stunning mime carried out by the Student Association (SA) sports representatives. The essence of each sport was displayed artfully in this short skit which demonstrated not only the multitude of sporting opportunities available at UNMC, but the strength and hard work of the team that made this all possible too. The seamless choreography and...
Freshers’ Week 2017

Freshers’ Week 2017

Freshers’ Week, held from Monday (2nd October) to Friday (6th October) offered a myriad of exhilarating experiences mainly aimed to welcome our dear freshers to the new chapter of their lives that is UNMC. On the first day of Freshers’ Week, the ColourFest was held. During the event, the(previously) white shirts donned by our fellow participants were soon doused in an entire gamut of colours as they threw rangoli powder of various hues enthusiastically around the entire court. The ColourFest has brought opportunities for people to interact with one another while having fun. The varicoloured floor of the basketball court left in its wake was a vibrant testament to the excitement brought about during the first day of Fresher’s Week. An ice skating event was also held at IOI City Mall on Tuesday, the 3rd of October. Freshers had the chance to hit the ice rink with their best moves, or skitter meekly along as they begin to pick up the basics bit by bit. The Clubs and Societies (CS) Fair was held for two consecutive days beginning from Wednesday (4th October), where all active clubs and societies in UNMC could showcase themselves to freshers and returning students alike. Creatively attractive booths were set up with information about each club and society freely available. All students could join the clubs or societies they believe fit their interests to a tee during the fair. Last but not least was Myfest, which was held on Friday (6th October). A Pasar Malam (which means “night market” in Malay) was set up near the fountain area right outside the Trent building. A wide array of delicacies was served that night, with the gelato stall being one of the more popular stalls. Marvelously breathtaking traditional performances were...
Clubs and Societies Executive Camp 2017

Clubs and Societies Executive Camp 2017

  The Clubs and Societies Executive Camp (CSEC) was held for the second time from the 22nd to the 24th of September 2017. Over eighty leaders and representatives from UNMC’s clubs and societies joined hands together as one family in the camp at Pangkor, which lasted for three days and two nights. The camp is hosted to ensure that student leaders of UNMC are well-informed of the many event procedures in the Student Association (SA) and to provide a platform on which strong bonds are forged between not just the leaders of the clubs and societies, but SA staff and executives too. A trainer was hired to guide the student leaders through various challenges in an interesting manner. One of the highlights of the camp was the Explorace, which served to put their endurance and leadership skills to the test. Leaders of the clubs and societies were in for a pleasant surprise during the camp too. All of them were awarded medals as a token of appreciation for their collective efforts in helping UNMC win the Best Student Experience award last year. SA staff Mohamed Shazereen gave an encouraging speech, urging our student leaders to do even better this year. Jam packed with information sessions and fun activities, the student leaders had a productive and interesting weekend. Several campers have expressed immense satisfaction with the camp, despite the intensive training and challenges they have undergone. By the end of the camp, new bonds were made, old bonds were strengthened and greater understanding was forged between all participants of the camp. It is definitely heartwarming to see how united the student leaders have become and this served to instill confidence that...
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